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Severe Storms Push Into Northeast

UPDATED 7:30 PM EDT, October 7, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A long line of strong thunderstorms are moving through the Northeast this evening, bringing heavy rain and a chance of damaging winds. The storms will move off the coast later tonight, bringing an end to the recent outburst of stormy weather.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect from western Maine to northeastern Connecticut, including Portland, Maine, Manchester, N.H., and Boston.

A massive early-autumn storm system pushing through eastern Canada is dragging a cold front across the U.S. East Coast today. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to push east with the front, soaking the Atlantic Coast from northern Florida all of the way into eastern New England.

The cold front is meeting warm and humid air mass already in place along the Interstate 95 corridor, producing embedded thunderstorms capable of a quick burst of damaging winds east of I-95.

While the ground is bone-dry after a very dry September in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, flooding will not be a major concern. However, the rain will fall so fast that it will likely overwhelm storm drains, causing some high water in poor drainage areas. If you come across water in the road, do not attempt to cross it as it is likely deeper than it appears. Remember, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

Even where storms don`t fire, strong winds are still expected. Sustained 20 to 30 mph winds, with gusts approaching 50 mph, are expected across interior New England today. A Wind Advisory is in effect across northern and eastern New England.

This is the same storm that dumped up to 47 inches of snow in Silver City, S.D. It also produced severe weather from Oklahoma to Iowa on Friday. One possible tornado caused substantial structural damage in Wayne, Ind., injuring 14 people. Two other injuries occurred in Macy, Neb., where an unconfirmed tornado damaged at least 12 houses, destroyed 4 more and also caused significant damage to several businesses as well. On Sunday, storms struck the Ohio Valley, with tree damage in the Lexington, Ky., area as well as in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

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